When was the last time you got in touch with yourself?
When was the last time you sit down quietly and reflect on your feelings, your thoughts, and your experience?
When was the last time you study yourself with a curious and open-minded attitude?
When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on where you are in your life journey and which direction you’re heading towards?
For most of us, there aren’t many times when we feel compelled to spend time self reflecting. We are often too busy with daily responsibilities that it’s hard to slow down and be alone with our thoughts and feelings. Plus, not many of us are aware of the importance of self-reflection and the impact that it can have on our life.
But first, what exactly is self-reflection?
Self-reflection, or introspection, is the process of looking inwards and bringing your attention to what’s happening in your life; as well as observe and analyze thoughts, feelings and life events in order to learn and grow to be a better version of yourself.
The importance of self-reflection
In this blog post, I’m sharing the 3 ways self-reflection can make a positive change to your mindset, increase positivity in your life and help you build a better connection with your inner self:
1. Self-reflection helps you to make sense of things
By looking back at your life experience with an open mind, you can learn to unravel the meaning behind past events and how they play a role in shaping who you are as a person. Self-reflection also helps you understand your thoughts and feelings deeply. When you take time to analyze your feelings and why you feel a certain way, you’ll gain insights into your deepest insecurity, what makes you tick, and what values are most important to you.
2. Self-reflection helps foster self-awareness
“Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad.” - Debbie Ford
When you look at yourself from a slight distance and being your own inner witness, you’re able to see what you normally couldn’t see. The ability to study oneself with a genuine interest and curious mind helps distance yourself from your ego and develop deep awareness into your strengths, weaknesses, as well as where you want to go and where you are right now.
3. Self-reflection helps you love yourself more
Looking back at your past and seeing how far you’ve come can help you feel proud of yourself and develop stronger self compassion and love for yourself.
“The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination… until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” – Iyanla Vanzant
There were so many times when I felt inadequate while comparing myself to other people. At those moments, I’d remind myself to stop, take a deep breath and think about where I was last year, last month or yesterday. Thinking of my past achievements and how much I have grown as a person over the years help me get out of my head and focus on the present and what truly matter: I have my own path, I am growing, I am learning, I am becoming better, and that’s enough.